Crh Plc (NYSE: CRH) and Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC) are both large-cap construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Crh Plc pays an annual dividend of $0.71 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Vulcan Materials pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Vulcan Materials pays out 32.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Vulcan Materials has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Crh Plc has a beta of 0.97, indicating that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vulcan Materials has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Crh Plc and Vulcan Materials, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crh Plc 1 3 3 0 2.29
Vulcan Materials 0 4 4 0 2.50

Vulcan Materials has a consensus target price of $137.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.79%. Given Vulcan Materials’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Vulcan Materials is more favorable than Crh Plc.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

4.5% of Crh Plc shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.0% of Vulcan Materials shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Vulcan Materials shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Crh Plc and Vulcan Materials’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crh Plc N/A N/A N/A
Vulcan Materials 11.61% 8.80% 4.70%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Crh Plc and Vulcan Materials’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crh Plc $31.10 billion 0.95 $3.56 billion N/A N/A
Vulcan Materials $3.63 billion 4.63 $948.12 million $3.11 40.87

Crh Plc has higher revenue and earnings than Vulcan Materials.

Summary

Vulcan Materials beats Crh Plc on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Crh Plc

CRH public limited company (CRH plc) is a building materials company. The Company’s segments include Europe Heavyside, Europe Lightside, Europe Distribution, Americas Materials, Americas Products, Americas Distribution and Asia. Europe Heavyside segment is engaged in the manufacturing and supply of aggregates, asphalt, cement, readymixed and precast concrete and landscaping products. Europe Lightside segment manufactures and supplies products and solutions for customers in global construction markets. Through its Europe Distribution segment, the Company distributes building materials to professional builders, specialist heating and plumbing contractors, and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) customers. Americas Materials segment is a vertically integrated supplier of aggregates, asphalt, cement, readymixed concrete and paving and construction services. Through Americas Distribution segment, the Company is a distributor of roofing, siding, drywall, ceiling systems and related accessories.

About Vulcan Materials

Vulcan Materials Company is a supplier of construction aggregates (primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel) and a producer of asphalt mix and ready-mixed concrete. The Company operates through four segments: Aggregates, Asphalt Mix, Concrete and Calcium. The Aggregates segment produces and sells aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel, sand, and other aggregates) and related products and services (transportation and other). The Company produces and sells asphalt mix in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. The Company produces and sells ready-mixed concrete in Georgia, Maryland, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia, Washington District of Columbia and the Bahamas. The Calcium segment consists of a Florida facility that mines, produces and sells calcium products. As of December 31, 2016, it had 337 active aggregates facilities. The Company sells aggregates that are used as ballast for construction and maintenance of railroad tracks.

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